Two weeks from now we may know more about this grain market, but it may be too late. Catch this market while there is fear in it.
I never thought I would feed cattle, until I got to know more than a few cattle feeders. Some were all about buying low, selling high and they were happiest when they beat both their supplier and buyer. But in the mid 1990s, more feeders made new commitments to customer service, reaching out into the […]
Food is now prime-time. That’s right, food fanatics around the country have turned food into fodder for water cooler, as well as kitchen table, conversations.
If there’s one thing that most Farm and Dairy readers have learned in the past couple of years, it’s that when you deal with someone who is interested in the natural resources under your property, you need a long agreement that covers every imaginable scenario to protect your land and secure the future for you […]
“She is four years and 364 days old and she is spinning away from me like a leaf on the breeze.” I wrote that nine years ago on the day we signed our daughter up for kindergarten. I found it today, on the eve of her freshman orientation. She is now 14 years and 118 […]
The weekly newspaper from my hometown bring news that the small, rural Catholic church near the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth will close its doors next year, a casualty, according to its distant bosses, of too few priests and too many parishes. No planning It’s a judgment day that many of the […]
This topic has come to mind in discussions at our show and perhaps several others. More is usually better, but there are other considerations too. Our parade ground is quite small, and more that five or six full size traction engines would make a tight fit. Larger fairground’s shows have room for upwards of 30 […]
Stockpiled fescue is forage allowed to grow and accumulate for future use, often during a forage deficit. It is common practice to harvest and store stockpiled-fescue as hay or silage, but the purposeful stockpiling of forage for grazing at a later time is a new concept for many livestock producers. Nearly any grass or legume […]
My parents were born and raised in “America’s Dairyland.” As a child, we drove back and forth to Racine County, Wis., at least twice a year. Racine County was home to gazillions of small dairy farms with “Golden Guernsey” or “Registered Holstein” signs at the end of farm lanes. The farms and barns were fascinating. […]
With the current interest in Lake Erie yellow perch fishing it seems appropriate to seek answers to the most asked questions. Experienced perch jerker William Hookim will share his thoughts and guidance. Q: When is the best time to go perch fishing on Lake Erie? Morning or evening, spring, summer or fall? Hookim said, “I’ve […]
What exactly will happen with markets? Marlin Clark has a few insights…
Yellow perch season starts now. No, there’s nothing official, nothing listed in the regulations books, nothing posted near launch ramps, no opening day or other calendar marks, and no announcements but let world know it is without doubt perch season. Walleye capital Lake Erie may be struggling to produce the catchable numbers of walleyes that […]
More than 78% of the dairy farms surveyed in northeastern Ohio plan to continue to operate during the next five years, despite the many challenges facing dairy operations.
At $15, a “Duck Stamp” is arguably the best investment a conservationist can make. More formally called the “Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp,” the Duck Stamp was created in 1934. Hunters lobbied for this “tax” on themselves to ensure that waterfowl would forever fill the skies. A supplement to a state hunting license, […]
A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. — Carl Sandburg By Judith Sutherland Farm and Dairy columnist When I was a newlywed 30 years ago, one of my best days went like this: my sister went in to the hospital to have a baby. I spent the day caring for her […]
The first of Henry Ford’s long anticipated farm tractors rolled off the Dearborn assembly line more than 90 years ago on Oct. 8, 1917. The first year’s production was sent to England to help with the war effort. By April 4, 1919, Fordson tractors were being built in a new plant in Cork, Ireland, as […]
My parents were very insistent that wherever we were going we should be on time. They set the example, and we learned by it. There is always an exception of being late, and I’m sure we have all experienced that. However, whenever possible everyone should do their best to be on time. To be on […]
Farmers, if you’re watching the market, and find yourself a little short on cash, the USDA’s FSA Marketing Assistance Loan program could help.
The July 30 news that Uralkali, the huge Russian potash producer, was pulling out of the global fertilizer cartel might be that nation’s richest gift to American farmers since the Great Grain Robbery in 1972. Unlike the grain-buying deal that carried grain prices to 125-year highs 41 Julys ago, this July’s move will drain potash […]
I am happy to report that my “send a watermelon to camp” program is coming along nicely. We have come to the realization we are just too lazy to eat healthy while camping. If fruit is sliced, diced, chopped and bagged we will eat it right up. If not, well, we carry so much food […]